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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 5432..


MR BARR (continuing):

However, in order to ensure procedural fairness, the amendments also provide that commission decisions to impose specific conditions on an operator are reviewable by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Further, the amendments clarify that the mandatory conditions applicable to all approved wagering operators that are imposed by statute are not reviewable. This is appropriate to ensure the proper operation of the scheme and is, indeed, consistent with other racing and gaming legislation.

Having clarified those two points, Madam Assistant Speaker—

Mr Smyth: Madam?

MR BARR: I am doing it too; force of habit, clearly. I commend the amendments to the Racing Amendment Bill 2009 to the Assembly.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11:38): Madam Assistant Speaker, given that now is the terminology when speaking to Mr Hargreaves when he is in the chair, I just rise to say thanks to the minister for the clarification. The amendments do seem to be sensible, but I do remind him that apparently when people bring amendments to bills, it is to make them better; it is not the chaotic thing he spoke of just three weeks ago—to quote him—"that Mr Smyth has had to bring an amendment to his own bill".

One can say the same now. The fact is that Mr Barr has had to bring amendments to his own bill. Bills do change, and when you consult and when you talk to people, we all seek to improve them. The minister might have learnt a lesson about being critical of people who seek to deliver the best outcome for the people of the ACT.

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (11:39): The Greens will be supporting these amendments. As Mr Smyth has stated, these are just to clarify parts of the bill and to make statements in there more understandable in nature. So we will be supporting the amendments.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 (No 4)

Debate resumed from 19 November 2009, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.40): The opposition will support most of this bill. The Canberra Liberals will be opposing elements relating to the amendments to the Security Industry Act and regulations. It seems that this government, and particularly this Attorney-General, have slipped back into the trap of attempting to use omnibus legislation to make substantive changes to legislation. Omnibus legislation should


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